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Top trends for leaf season

Top trends for leaf season

Monday was the first day of fall. Thus begins a rolling program of home decorations and pie-eating which will last until January (it’s the American way). More importantly, for this publication at least, it’s officially time for new season fashions *does mental cartwheel*.

Because I am ever your selfless servant, I rounded up what look like being the hottest - yet still totally wearable - trends for autumn 2019. Bear them in mind when browsing the rails (real or virtual) or, even better, when digging out your own cooler weather clothes from storage. There truly is nothing better than remembering that you already own and love some of these styles…

Muted checks

Remember the jumpsuit featured my previous post? Well, variations on that pattern are everywhere. I say muted, because the softer colors (cream, brown, blue, yellow) are definitely triumphing over the black-based plaid of yore and seem more right for the season.

ASOS DESIGN tailored check slim pants, $42 (reduced from $60) and blazer, $43.50 (reduced from $87)

ASOS DESIGN tailored check slim pants, $42 (reduced from $60) and blazer, $43.50 (reduced from $87)

H&M double-breasted check coat, $69.99

H&M double-breasted check coat, $69.99

TopShop UK check trench coat, £85

TopShop UK check trench coat, £85

Jibri classic plaid swing dress, $230. Jibi is a great plus size brand with some gorgeous pieces. Everything is handmade in Georgia, USA, so is a little pricier than mass-produced high street fare and takes a little longer to ship, but it’s worth it. Jibri will ship internationally, which takes about 1-3 weeks.

Jibri classic plaid swing dress, $230. Jibi is a great plus size brand with some gorgeous pieces. Everything is handmade in Georgia, USA, so is a little pricier than mass-produced high street fare and takes a little longer to ship, but it’s worth it. Jibri will ship internationally, which takes about 1-3 weeks.

Rust/burnt orange tones

Bear with me here. I know half of you are thinking “not with my complexion”, but this color is so ubiquitous this autumn that I guarantee you’ll find a variation that works for you. From sweaters to raincoats to accessories, dressing like a fallen leaf is definitely a thing this season.

A New Day by Target elbow sleeve midi dress, $27.99

A New Day by Target elbow sleeve midi dress, $27.99

SHEIN rolled cuff knotted hem shirt, $10

SHEIN rolled cuff knotted hem shirt, $10

Who What Wear for Target paperbag pants, $34.99

Who What Wear for Target paperbag pants, $34.99

Zara mock neck sweater, $35.90

Zara mock neck sweater, $35.90

Teddy bear coats

This delightful trend started a year or two back and is still going strong. I can see why. What could he better than a coat that feels like a hug every time you put it on? Yes it’s bulky and won’t give you a flattering silhouette but who cares when you’re basically wearing a care bear?

H&M green pile coat, $79.99

H&M green pile coat, $79.99

New Look at ASOS teddy faux fur bomber jacket, $48

New Look at ASOS teddy faux fur bomber jacket, $48

Uniqlo pile-lined fleece tailored coat, $49.90

Uniqlo pile-lined fleece tailored coat, $49.90

SHEIN pocket-front teddy coat, $44

SHEIN pocket-front teddy coat, $44

Animal print

Did it ever go away? I doubt it. But if you still feel that animal print can look trashy, especially as you move into middle age, then surely you’ll be more comfortable in a cozy leopard print sweater or some (faux) snakeskin ankle boots than a skimpy summer dress adorned with creature patterns.

These are my top beast-inspired finds for fall.

Lost Ink at ASOS long-line cardigan in animal print, $87

Lost Ink at ASOS long-line cardigan in animal print, $87

Anthropologie Matisse animal print ankle boots, $85.00

Anthropologie Matisse animal print ankle boots, $85.00

Jibri leopard high-neck flare dress, $250

Jibri leopard high-neck flare dress, $250

Madewell The Simple Circle crossbody bag in calf hair, $108

Madewell The Simple Circle crossbody bag in calf hair, $108

Sam Edelman Hilty ankle boots in snake, $180

Sam Edelman Hilty ankle boots in snake, $180

Loft zebra print tote bag, $24.99 (reduced from $59.50)

Loft zebra print tote bag, $24.99 (reduced from $59.50)

Pussy bow blouses and dresses

Y’all know I love Natasha Lyons (aka Pussybow Queen) and I’m pretty sure she’s inspired a movement this autumn. Tie-neck silky blouses - print and plain - abound this autumn. And if a blouse just isn’t enough, there’s dress versions too. Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

Natasha Lyonne wearing Gucci at the 2019 Emmys (photo: Reuters)

Natasha Lyonne wearing Gucci at the 2019 Emmys (photo: Reuters)

Anthropologie Rosetta shimmer tie-neck blouse, $138

Anthropologie Rosetta shimmer tie-neck blouse, $138

A New Day for Target floral long sleeve dress, $34.99

A New Day for Target floral long sleeve dress, $34.99

Boden at Nordstrom Thelma tie-neck blouse, $98

Boden at Nordstrom Thelma tie-neck blouse, $98

& Other Stories jacquard beige pussy bow blouse, 89

& Other Stories jacquard beige pussy bow blouse, 89

Spotted anything while shopping that I’ve missed? Or do you have a go-to fall style you always dig out at this time of year? Let me know and check out the Pinterest board inspired by this post for a visual pumpkin-free feast.

Who needs cool when there’s quirky?

Who needs cool when there’s quirky?